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Ohio EPA has funding available for a wide variety of environmental projects such as helping communities plan and complete water and wastewater projects, promoting environmental education and reducing the impact of nonpoint source pollution. For more information about the funding sources available, click on the headings below or view the summary of funding programs.

Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grants

Website: Section 319 webpage
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6111.037
Eligibility: Local governments, nonprofit organizations, watershed groups, SWCDs and local park districts.
Specifications: Up to $400,000 to conduct stream restoration and nonpoint source pollution management projects that address impairment of water resources. The project must be contained in a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategy (9-Element Watershed plan). Typically, 40 percent of total project costs are required to be provided as local match. Approximately $2.6 million per year is available.
Application Deadline: Deadline varies.
Recipients: 2007-Present
Contact: John Mathews
Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 265-6685
john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov

Community Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants

Website: recycleohio.gov
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3736
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include Ohio counties, municipal corporations, townships, villages, state colleges and universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, park districts, health districts, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates, boards of education and non-profit organizations.
Specifications: The Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program offers up to $200,000 for projects that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, and support litter prevention efforts. Local governments can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables. Communities and non-profit organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events and tire amnesty programs (tire amnesty programs require a minimum $0.50 collection fee). Applications are submitted through the online Recycle Ohio Grant (ROG) system.
Application Deadline: Annually on or about February 1
Recipients: 2008 - Present
Contact: April Stevens
Ohio EPA - DEFA 
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-3783
April.Stevens@epa.ohio.gov

Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

Website: Office of Environmental Education
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 122.861 and 512.90
Eligibility: Currently limited to public transit systems for replacement of diesel buses that are eligible under the Federal Highway Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and located in an eligible Ohio county.
Specifications: $8-10 million awarded annually for engine repowers and vehicle replacements in SFY 2017-2020
Application Deadline: Varies. One round annually, usually in the fall. Dates not set for 2021.
Recipients: 2012 - Present
Contact: Funding questions
Carolyn Watkins
Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-2873
derg@epa.ohio.gov 
Technology Questions
Alan Harness
Ohio EPA
Division of Air Pollution Control
(614) 644-4838
derg@epa.ohio.gov

Harmful Algal Blooms

Lake Erie is one of Ohio's crown jewels in terms of economic impact, natural resource value and water supply. Lake Erie is a source of drinking water for 23 Ohio public water systems serving approximately 2.6 million customers. Unfortunately, recreational and drinking water uses have been impaired by harmful algal blooms (HABs) in recent years. Ohio EPA is making funds available to enhance drinking water treatment, as well as reduce nutrient levels in wastewater treatment plant discharges.

Funding Opportunity for Public Water Systems Infrastructure Improvements for HAB

Community water systems, publicly or privately owned, that operate surface water treatment systems are eligible for the HAB-discounted interest rate under the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) program. Eligible projects include treatment system components for HAB treatment, interconnections with other public water systems, elevated storage and development of improved source waters. Nominations for design, and/or construction projects that are directly related to addressing issues from harmful algal blooms (HAB) do not have a deadline and can be submitted to Ohio EPA at any time during the program year. For more information, please review the instructions for completing the WSRLA HAB nomination form, available on the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance webpage.

Funding Opportunity for Wastewater Treatment Plant Infrastructure Improvements for Nutrients

In response to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their potential effect on water resources and the raw water supply for drinking water systems, Ohio EPA made $100 million available at a 0% interest rate through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for equipment to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients. In 2018, Ohio EPA is offering $50 million at a 0% interest rate for these types of projects. The discounted rate will be available for the portion of the project directly attributed to the nutrient reduction. Standard, below-market interest rate loan funds will be offered for the balance of a proposed project. Ohio EPA will accept nutrient reduction discount (NRD) project nominations for planning, design or construction projects throughout the program year. Applicants who nominated projects for NRD funding in 2017, but did not proceed with projects, and subsequently provided updated schedules during the nomination period to Ohio EPA, will be grandfathered into the 2018 program. For more information, please review the nutrient reduction guidance and addendum, available on the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance webpage.

Home Sewage Treatment Systems

Website: Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6111.036
Eligibility: Public entities (cities, village, and county health departments) are eligible to establish linked deposit programs in their county. These public entities can then administer assistance to individual homeowners.
Specifications: Two options are potentially available to eligible applicants. First, a Linked Deposit program can be established, which will provide an interest rate buy down on loans that homeowners receive from a commercial bank. Second, a direct loan can be awarded from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) to the eligible entity to establish its own revolving loan program.
Application Deadline: Nominations are accepted (as part of the WPCLF program) on an annual basis, with a deadline of August 31, for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1.
Recipients:  
Contact: Jonathan Bernstein
Assistant Chief, Office of Financial Assistance
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614) 644-3715
Jonathan.Bernstein@epa.ohio.gov

Lake Erie Protection Fund

Website: https://lakeerie.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/lec/funding-oportunities/protection-fund/available-grant
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 1506.23
Eligibility: Government, non-profit and for-profit entities are eligible to apply for funding. Funding may not be used to fund staff salaries for state employees. Applicants must be based in Ohio, although work may be contracted with outside entities as necessary.
Specifications: Small grants up to $50,000 are available to fund research and on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie or its tributary watersheds in Ohio. The Lake Erie Protection Fund focuses on projects that lead to better management decisions for both environmental protection and economic development. Special grant projects may be funded - amounts and topics change annually. The Fund is supported through donation or purchase of a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse or Toledo Harbor Lighthouse by Ohio artist Ben Richmond, or the Lake Erie life ring.
Application Deadline: Due dates available bi-annually - dates change annually.
Contact: Ohio Lake Erie Commission
Lynn Garrity
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 506-0619 
lakeeriecommission@lakeerie.ohio.gov

Mosquito Control Grants

Website: Division of Materials and Waste Management
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3734
Eligibility: Local health departments and other related governmental entities defined as an agency of the state. Any agency of the state applying for MCG monies that is not a local health department must demonstrate collaboration with a local health department by obtaining sponsorship of the MCG and a letter of support.
Specifications: The Mosquito Control Grant (MCG) Program is a collaborative effort between Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The MCG Program was developed to make funding available to entities responsible for implementing mosquito control and source reduction measures in support of Ohio's efforts to reduce the potential for an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile, and La Cross Encephalitis. Up to $800,000 is available each grant cycle.
Application Deadline: Last Friday in January
Recipients: 2016 - Present
Contact: Leanne Greenlee or Jeff Montavon
Ohio EPA
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 705-1012
mosquito.grant@epa.ohio.gov

Ohio Environmental Education Fund

Website: Office of Environmental Education
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3745.22
Eligibility: All local subdivisions of government, local schools and school boards, universities, non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, state agencies.
Specifications:   Mini grants $500 - $5,000 and General Grants $5,000 - $50,000. Education projects targeting pre-school through university students and teachers, the public and the regulated community. Ten percent cash or in-kind match required. Approximately $750,000 awarded annually.
Application Deadline: January 15 and July 15 each year. Applications must be submitted online through Ohio EPA's eBusiness Center. (Electronic Letter of Intent to Apply due no later than January 8 and July 8 to receive user ID and password for online grant application software.)
Recipients: 1991 - Present
Contact: Ryan Bourgart or Dennis Clement
Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-2873
oeef@epa.ohio.gov

Ohio Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships

Website: www.ohiosci.org/oeef-scholarship
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3745.22(A)
Eligibility: Full-time students majoring in environmental science, environmental engineering or related fields at Ohio colleges and universities.
Specifications: $2,500 for students in the second year of two-year programs; $5,000 for students in the fourth or fifth year of 4-5 year programs. Administered by the Ohio Academy of Science for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at Ohio EPA. 
Application Deadline: Postmarked by April 15 every year.
Recipients: 2000 - Present
Contact: Carolyn Watkins
Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-2873
oeef@epa.ohio.gov or oas@iwaynet.net

Recycling Market Development Grants

Website: recycleohio.gov
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3736
Eligibility: Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive MDG funds, but must be sponsored by agency of the state, as established in ORC Sections 343, 3736, and all applicable sections of the ORC. An agency of the state may be a municipal corporation, county, township, village, state college and university, or solid waste management district and authority.
Specifications: The Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program offers up to $200,000 for Market Development projects that propose to create the infrastructure necessary for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products.
Application Deadline: Annually on or about February
Recipients: 2008 - Present
Contact: April Stevens
Ohio EPA - DEFA 
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-3783
April.Stevens@epa.ohio.gov

Scrap Tire Grants

Website: recycleohio.gov
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3736
Eligibility: Businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive STG funds, but must be sponsored by agency of the state, as established in ORC Sections 343, 3736, and all applicable sections of the ORC. An agency of the state may be a municipal corporation, county, township, village, state college and university, or solid waste management district and authority.
Specifications: The Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program offers up to $300,000 for Scrap Tire projects that propose to create the infrastructure necessary for successful markets of scrap tire materials and related products.
Application Deadline: Annually on or about February
Recipients: 2008 - Present
Contact: April Stevens
Ohio EPA - DEFA 
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-3783
April.Stevens@epa.ohio.gov

Scrap Tire Program No Fault Tire Removal

Website: Scrap Tire Program
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3734.85(E)
Eligibility: Any Ohio private citizen, business, or government agency who has scrap tires dumped on their property may apply for the No-Fault Tire Removal program. Removal of tires through this program is free to eligible applicants, contingent on available funding. The program is open to individual or corporate landowners as well as state and local government agencies provided the site where the tires are located (or collected for government applicants) meets the specific eligibility criteria laid out by ORC 3734.85.
Specifications:
  • There are no less than 100 tires and no more than 10,000 tires per site.
  • The tires were placed after owner acquired title, OR the tires placed before owner acquired title by bequeath or devise (i.e. a gift by a will);
  • The property owner did not have knowledge of, or took actions to prevent tires from being placed on property;
  • The property owner did not participate in or consent to placing the tires on the property;
  • The property owner received no financial benefit;
  • The property title was not transferred to evade liability; and
  • The responsible party who placed tires on the property was not acting as an agent for the property owner.
Application Deadline: None
Recipients: 1998-Present
Contact: Kelly Jeter
Ohio EPA – Division of Materials and Waste Management
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
Direct: (614) 728-5357
Office: (614) 644-2621 (ask to be connected to Scrap Tires)
kelly.jeter@epa.ohio.gov

Surface Water Improvement Fund

Website: Division of Surface Water
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6111.0382
Eligibility: Local governments, county park districts, soil and water conservation districts, city and/or county health departments, 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation groups with land management responsibilities, watershed groups (with local government sponsorship), state agencies with land managing responsibilities, recognized land conservancies or trusts.
Specifications: Up to $150,000 for implementation of specific projects that address nonpoint source pollution and/or storm water runoff and result in water quality improvements in Ohio's streams, rivers and lakes.
Application Deadline: As funding is available.
Recipients: 2010-present
Contact: John Mathews
Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 265-6685
john.mathews@epa.ohio.gov

Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA) Program

Website: Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization
Governing Statute: Federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Act P.L. 107-118
Eligibility: Local governments, port authorities, park districts and other public entities in Ohio.
Specifications: Grant funding is available to provide property assessments that will facilitate brownfield redevelopment and encourage participation in the Voluntary Action Program at no cost to eligible public entities. Assessment services are provided to public entities by qualified environmental firms under contract with Ohio EPA as well as the Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization's Site Investigation Field Unit. Examples of assessment projects that can be provided include: 
  • Phase I environmental site assessments 
  • Certified asbestos inspection of buildings 
  • Geophyiscal surveys 
  • Limited Phase II Property Assessment (screening evaluation or supplemental assessment) 
For additional funding resources, please visit the Community Brownfield Funding Resources page.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Recipients: Targeted Brownfield Assessments provided since 2002
Contact: Dan Tjoelker, TBA/Grant Coordinator
Ohio EPA
Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-3750
daniel.tjoelker@epa.ohio.gov

Water Pollution Control Loan Fund

Website: Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6111.036
Eligibility: Public entities including villages, cities, counties, and sewer districts are eligible for wastewater loan funding through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Public or private entities may be eligible for nonpoint source projects.
Specifications: Below-market interest rate loans are available for planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and sewer systems, with planning and design loans currently offered at 0 percent interest. The standard below-market interest rate is established monthly. The program also offers a small community interest rate and hardship interest rates of 0% and 1% for qualifying borrowers. Limited grant like funding called principal forgiveness is available for borrowers that meet affordability criteria (i.e., small system, below state average MHI). Principal forgiveness funding is very competitive, based on project scoring and readiness-to-proceed. There are currently no minimum or maximum loan amounts. The WPCLF finances approximately $500 million for projects each year.
Application Deadline: Project nominations are accepted each August for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1. Planning and design projects may be nominated throughout the program year.
Contact: Jonathan Bernstein
Assistant Chief, Office of Financial Assistance
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614) 644-3715
Jonathan.Bernstein@epa.ohio.gov

Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program

Website: Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6111.036
Eligibility: Public or private, non-profit entities.
Specifications: The Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) was created to counter the loss of ecological function and biological diversity that jeopardizes the health of Ohio's water resources. This program funds both preservation and restoration of aquatic habitat to accomplish this goal. The WRRSP relies on having a sponsoring wastewater loan from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The WRRSP sponsor can be a different entity than the WRRSP implementer. Funds for WRRSP projects will be made available by advancing a portion of the estimated amount of interest to be repaid by the sponsor over the life of the WPCLF loan.
Application Deadline: Nominations are accepted on an annual basis, with a deadline typically in late summer, for the upcoming program year, which begins January 1. Restoration Projects which are identified as fundable will meet program requirements in the first year, and then receive their assistance award in the second year.  Protection Projects which are identified as fundable will either follow a one-year fast-track schedule or a two-year schedule similar to restoration projects.
Contact: Steve Malone
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614 )644-3663
Steve.Malone@epa.ohio.gov
 

Water Supply Revolving Loan Account/Drinking Water Assistance Fund

Website: Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 6109.22
Eligibility: Community water systems, both privately and publicly owned, and nonprofit non-community water systems are eligible for drinking water infrastructure loan funding through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WRSLA).
Specifications: Below-market interest rate loans are available for planning, design, and construction of water treatment facilities, storage facilities and distributions system improvements, with planning and design loans currently offered at 0 percent interest. The standard below-market interest rate is established monthly. The program also offers a small community interest rate, as well as a disadvantaged community rate for qualifying borrowers. Limited principal forgiveness is available for borrowers that meet the disadvantaged community benchmarks and regionalization projects. Principal forgiveness funding is very competitive, based on project scoring and readiness-to-proceed. There are currently no minimum or maximum loan amounts. The WSRLA finances approximately $150 million for projects each year.
Application Deadline: Project nominations are accepted each March for the upcoming program year, which begins July 1. Planning and design projects may be nominated throughout the program year.
Recipients: Loans awarded since 1997
Contact: Jonathan Bernstein
Assistant Chief, Office of Financial Assistance
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Phone: (614) 644-3715
Jonathan.Bernstein@epa.ohio.gov

Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund Grants

Website: Office of Environmental Education
Governing Statute: VW Clean Air Act Civil Settlement with U.S. EPA
Eligibility: Public and private sector diesel fleets located in an eligible Ohio county, for repower or in some cases replacement with new clean diesel, alternative fuel (CNG, propane, hydrogen) or all-electric technology. Grants also offered in 2020 and 2021 to install charging stations for electric vehicles, through mail in applications with separate deadlines announced on the program website.
Specifications: Eligible fleets include class 4-8 medium and large local freight trucks; class 4-8 school buses, shuttle buses and transit buses; freight switcher locomotives; ferries and tugboats; airport ground support equipment; port cargo handling equipment and forklifts. Funds can also be used to install shorepower for large ships in Ohio ports along Lake Erie, and for fueling/charging infrastructure for zero emission vehicles fueled by electricity or hydrogen. Ohio EPA expects to offer a single grant round of approximately $15 million annually for several years.
Application Deadline: Open first Monday in June and closes first Friday in August, in 2019 and 2020.
Recipients: 2018-present
Contact: Funding Questions
Carolyn  Watkins
Ohio EPA
Office of Environmental Education
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 644-2873
derg@epa.ohio.gov
Technology Questions
Alan Harness
Ohio EPA
Division of Air Pollution Control
(614) 644-4838
derg@epa.ohio.gov